Bike helmet laws 'do not prevent head injuries'
A major new study has failed to find a link between legislation that makes bicycle helmets mandatory and a drop in head injury rates
A major new study has found that there is no link between compulsory bicycle helmets and head injuries.
Researchers from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia analysed the hospitalisation rates of different districts in Canada between 2006 and 2011. They then compared the jurisdictions that require cyclists to wear helmets by law against those that don't.
"Helmet legislation was not associated with hospitalisation rates for brain, head, scalp, skull, face or neck injuries"
Contrary to the received wisdom that bike helmets help to protect the rider from serious head injuries, the academics discovered that riders who lived in the areas with compulsory helmet laws were no more likely to seek medical help than those who were free to cycle without helmets.
In the poll accompanying 34% are think helmets don't help, and another 44% are against compulsion. You may still vote, I have just.
Edited to add full poll state of voting.